Careers advice for your students

UCC Career Consultants

UCC Career Consultants work in partnership with academic staff across the university to facilitate the career development and employability of students, serving to enhance students’ educational experience and subsequent graduate outcomes.

Collaborating with a Career Consultant can reap multiple benefits for your academic programme in terms of student recruitment, retention and progression.

What can Career Consultants do for academic staff?

  • Assist you in identifying the key knowledge, skills and attributes that will enhance students’ employability and how they might be taught within your programme.
  • Design and deliver/co-deliver career development and employability learning opportunities, including micro-credentials, case studies, role plays, simulations, alumni events, skills clinics or a combination of these, and more, depending on the particular needs of your students.
  • Create customised career development and employability micro-credentials that are tailored to the needs of each cohort of students.
  • Contribute to the planning, design and delivery of all accredited career development and employability initiatives in partnership with academic staff.
  • Organise innovative employer-led events for students, including sector and career-specific fairs and skills sessions, in collaboration with the Employer Engagement Team.
  • Provide student-led, confidential, one-to-one consultations as required by students as they move through their student journey.

For more information, contact the career development and employability consultant for your College/Sector.

What can Career Consultants do for your students?

Facilitate a decision-making process and the achievement of goals that are aligned with personal strengths, values and interests

  • Make intelligent use of psychometrically validated self-assessments to help clarify students’ individual interests, values, personal characteristics and aspirations
  • Provide professional impartial, person-centred, confidential support
  • Raise students’ awareness of local, national and international development opportunities, on and off campus, voluntary and paid, educational and work-based
  • Enhance students’ ability to source and access career opportunities successfully

We deliver or co-deliver a range of career development and employability seminars and modules, tailored to the needs of specific cohorts of students. This can take the form of stand-alone workshops that sit outside the curriculum or full or partial credit-bearing modules that sit within the curriculum. Content can be customised for the particular needs of certain students.

Examples of standalone seminars and workshops include:

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At the end of this session, students will be able to:

Your Best Future

  • Recognise the link between careers interests and choice of role. 
  • Identify work opportunities aligned with their career interests. 
  • Use a career investigation tool to research relevant careers.

 

Your Personality and Your Career

  • Identify the four scales that comprise the type dynamics framework and its 16 types.
  • Grasp the concept of personality type and how it may interact with career choices, environments and behaviours.

 

Your Values and Your Career

  • Appreciate the link between values and career-related behaviour and decision making.
  • Recognise that overt, consciously stated values may differ from our true values (of which we are often less conscious).
  • Identify the attributes and skills needed of graduates by today’s employers.

Your Employability Audit

 

 

  • Plan specific actions to develop relevant attributes and skills in order of their personal priority.

 

Your Network

  • Recognise the impact of personal relationships on their careers.
  • Identify the “people who matter” in relation to their career plans.
  • Build relationships with potential allies, mentors, role models.

 

 

Your Job Search 

 

  • Identify the most proven, proactive job search techniques.
  • Use practical techniques to network in person at events. 
  • Conduct informational interviews that showcase your employability. 

 

Your Online Presence

  • Protect your online presence.
  • Leverage social media tools to develop their personal network.
  • Create an effective LinkedIn profile.

 

Your Job Applications

  • Identify the structure and organisation of a graduate CV.
  • Recognise the content that must be included and prioritised. 
  • Describe each role/project using succinct bullet points that emphasise outcomes (including measurable results). 
  • Write a cover letter that is customised to their targeted company, role and sector. 

 

Your Job Interview Strategy

  • Prepare relevant information in advance of an interview
  • Recognise the most widely used types of graduate interviews. 
  • Dress appropriately and adopt positive body language to make the best possible impression. 
  • Prepare effectively for the most commonly used interview questions, including competency-based. 

 

Your Next Assessment Centre

  • Recognise the behavioural competencies best assessed through assessment centre activities.
  • Prepare mentally for assessments by knowing how and when employers use them.
  • Identify the “positive and negative behaviours” sought by assessors when assessing group tasks and activities.
  • Access material that will help you to prepare for assessments used by graduate employers, including psychometric and group exercises.

 

 

 

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